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Nonprofit Leadership Scholars Help Create A Magical Christmas for the Needy

Published Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

It’s the holiday season, and families are buying trees to decorate, pulling out grandma’s sugar cookies recipe, and deciding whether to buy dad more socks or more tools — but not for all families.

Unfortunately, for more than 1.2 million Americans, maintaining a roof over their heads, putting food on the table, and keeping their families warm is contingent upon the charity of others. CSU Nonprofit Leadership Alliance fills the gap for many families with the Annual Angel Tree Drive.

For the past five years, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) has partnered with the Salvation Army on its Annual Angel Tree Drive. “Angel Tree is a Christmas assistance program that provides gifts of new clothing and toys to thousands of children, ages 0-12,” said Tenyo Pearl, Campus Director for the NLA. “Children’s clothing sizes and special needs are collected and transferred to paper angels, including the child’s name, age, and gender to get adopted.”

Under Tenyo’s supervision, Nonprofit Leadership Scholars set the mood for giving with familiar carols sung by the Temptations and Smokey. A beautifully decorated registration table and Christmas tree don the lobby of the Health and Human Services building with Angel cards decked with red ribbon. The rest is up to the passersby.

About the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Coppin State University offers students interested in working in the nonprofit sector an opportunity to declare a major or minor in nonprofit leadership. Students can also earn the CNP (Certified Nonprofit Professional) credential via the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.  Coppin has been an academic partner with the NLA (formerly American Humanics) since 1997. The purpose of the NLA is to educate and certify the next generation of nonprofit leaders. Their mission shared Tenyo, is to reinforce the social sector with a talented and prepared workforce. The Certified Nonprofit Professional credential is the only national credential that combines critical skills and knowledge, practical experience and a national perspective. And is the only national nonprofit credential preparing students (undergraduate, graduate and professionals) for leadership in the nonprofit sector. “Coppin State University is the only university in the USM system the offers the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nonprofit Leadership. And one of two schools in Maryland that offers the CNP credential for scholars interested in working in the nonprofit sector.”

For more information about NLA contact Tenyo Pearl Office location: Health and Human Services Building  538, Phone:410-951-3522, or email

Tenyo Pearl is the Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and Program Coordinator for the Nonprofit Leadership Program. She is responsible for coordinating the University’s nonprofit management education curriculum.